But Paul replied [to Festus' charge that he had lost his mind because he believed in the resurrection of Jesus], "I am not insane, Most Excellent Festus. What I am saying is the sober truth. And King Agrippa knows about these things. I speak boldly, for I am sure these events are all familiar to him, for they were not done in a corner! King Agrippa, do you believe the prophets? I know you do —"
Agrippa interrupted him.
— Acts 26:25-28 NLT
For Jews who believe in God and the Scriptures, the testimony of the Old Testament prophets is one of the great reasons to believe in the resurrection of Jesus. Jesus' death as God's suffering servant who gave his life for the sins of the people was prophesied in Isaiah's "Servant Songs."* After Jesus' resurrection, he opened the apostles' minds to understand those prophecies as well as others that spoke of his resurrection.** Paul reminded Festus that King Agrippa, the Roman-appointed Jewish King, was sitting beside him. Agrippa knew the Scriptures and the prophecies. The question, Paul emphasized, was whether or not King Agrippa believed the prophets' testimony. And, dear friend, the question for you and me is also whether or not we believe their testimony.
Almighty God, thank you for the long testimony of the Scriptures that were written and collected over thousands of years. Their inspired testimony^ reminds us that your plan throughout history was to send Jesus as the fulfillment of prophecy and the Savior of all people.^^ Thank you, Father! Thank you! In Jesus' name, we offer our eternal gratitude and appreciation. Amen.